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8th Aug '17 6:02:28 PM Diesel
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* The Sorceress' Tower in ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' is this. First you must use potions, then meat pasting, clovers, and instruments, fight a regular monster, use combat items, heal yourself, and equip familiars, before you face a boss that is designed to stop your strategies (she takes away your buffs and often keeps you from using skills and combat items). The developers have stated they consider this a weakness of the quest and game, as changes to the game slowly expand the potential set of resources a player might have, and it becomes less clear to new players why post-quest additions aren't working in a challenge they appear to fit. Rather than expand the exam or add alternate solutions when adding to the game, they'd rather abandon this trope entirely as a bad idea.

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* The *The old, pre-2016 Sorceress' Tower in ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' is was this. First you must use had to go through a courtyard with a series of puzzles involving using the right potions, then meat pasting, meatpasting, using clovers, and instruments, fight finding instruments and keys, after which you had a few standard fights with regular monster, use monsters. Once you got in the actual tower, you had ''yet another'' series of puzzles, this time involving using combat items, heal items from all over the game world, healing yourself, and equip equipping and buffing familiars, before you face a boss that is designed to stop the Sorceress, who has counters for just about every combat style, by removing your strategies (she takes away buffs, reducing the power of your buffs familiar, sapping your mana points for skills and often keeps spells, and periodically preventing you from using skills and combat items). items and skills.
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The current Sorceress's Tower is also this. The final and penultimate boss of the area are unchanged, but now the area involves much more stat tests. First, you have to win an "Adventuring Contest", by buffing your combat initiative, one of the three main attributes, and damage in one of the game's five main elements to a certain level and then you [[KlingonPromotion beating up your competitors in standard combat]]. Next, you have to navigate a maze, which you could bypass if you had enough resistances and HP to withstand the shortcuts. Once past that, you must unlock a door with keys found throughout the game world and fight bosses that, barring certain combinations of skills, can only be defeated with certain combat items, again found throughout the game area.
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developers have stated they consider this a weakness of the quest and game, as changes to the game slowly expand the potential set of resources a player might have, and it becomes less clear to new players why post-quest additions aren't working in a challenge they appear to fit. Rather than expand the exam or add alternate solutions when adding to the game, they'd rather abandon this trope entirely as a bad idea.
2nd Aug '17 11:36:34 AM Abodos
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'''As these examples are almost universally found at the climax or end of a game, expect unmarked spoilers.'''
2nd Aug '17 11:27:21 AM Abodos
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** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' actually has an in-universe justification for the "Final-Exam" element: [[spoiler:Calamity Ganon manifests as a physical amalgamation of the four Blight Ganons you faced before that point (or rather, the Blight Ganons manifested as a limited aspect of Calamity Ganon), and he has all their abilities and weaknesses. In fact, if you skipped any of the Blight Ganon fights in the Divine Beasts before heading to the Sanctum of Hyrule Castle, you'll have to face whichever ones you skipped before facing Calamity Ganon himself.]]

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** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' actually has an in-universe justification for the "Final-Exam" element: [[spoiler:Calamity Ganon manifests as a physical amalgamation of the four Blight Ganons you faced before that point (or rather, the Blight Ganons manifested as a limited aspect of Calamity Ganon), and he has all their abilities and weaknesses. In fact, if you skipped any of the Blight Ganon fights in the Divine Beasts before heading to the Sanctum of Hyrule Castle, you'll have to face whichever ones you skipped immediately before facing Calamity Ganon himself.]]
2nd Aug '17 11:26:40 AM Abodos
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** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' actually has an in-universe justification for the "Final-Exam" element: [[spoiler:Calamity Ganon manifests as a physical amalgamation of the four Blight Ganons you faced before that point (or rather, the Blight Ganons manifested as a limited aspect of Calamity Ganon), and he has all their abilities and weaknesses]].

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** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' actually has an in-universe justification for the "Final-Exam" element: [[spoiler:Calamity Ganon manifests as a physical amalgamation of the four Blight Ganons you faced before that point (or rather, the Blight Ganons manifested as a limited aspect of Calamity Ganon), and he has all their abilities and weaknesses]].weaknesses. In fact, if you skipped any of the Blight Ganon fights in the Divine Beasts before heading to the Sanctum of Hyrule Castle, you'll have to face whichever ones you skipped before facing Calamity Ganon himself.]]
2nd Aug '17 11:24:52 AM Abodos
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*** The Ganondorf fight. In the very first part of the battle, against [[spoiler:Puppet Zelda]], you need to practice your defensive skills, such as your various dodging techniques, the Shield Attack, etc. The next section is played as Wolf Link, and you have to use the trick you learned for catching runaway rams to beat him. After that, you engage in some horseback combat. Wrap it all up with some serious need for the special sword techniques. [[spoiler:[[AttentionDeficitOohShiny Or distract him with the fishing rod.]]]]

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*** The Ganondorf fight.final boss fights. In the very first part of the battle, against [[spoiler:Puppet Zelda]], you need to practice your defensive skills, such as your various dodging techniques, the Shield Attack, etc. The next section is played as Wolf Link, and you have to use the trick you learned for catching runaway rams to beat him. After that, you engage in some horseback combat. Wrap it all up with some serious need for the special sword techniques. [[spoiler:[[AttentionDeficitOohShiny Or distract him with the fishing rod.]]]]


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** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' actually has an in-universe justification for the "Final-Exam" element: [[spoiler:Calamity Ganon manifests as a physical amalgamation of the four Blight Ganons you faced before that point (or rather, the Blight Ganons manifested as a limited aspect of Calamity Ganon), and he has all their abilities and weaknesses]].
15th Jun '17 1:02:39 PM babyhenchy1
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** Senator Steven Armstrong from ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'' uses tactics that echo all of the previous [[QuirkyMiniBossSquad Winds of Destruction]], making those four bosses lead-ups to him. If you haven't mastered parrying, countering, dodging, blade mode and virtually every gameplay mechanic that the game has to offer, he will '''[[ThatOneBoss wreck]]''' you.

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** Senator Steven Armstrong from ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'' uses tactics that echo all of the previous [[QuirkyMiniBossSquad Winds of Destruction]], making those four bosses lead-ups to him. If you haven't mastered parrying, countering, dodging, blade mode and virtually every gameplay mechanic that the game has to offer, he will '''[[ThatOneBoss wreck]]''' '''''[[ThatOneBoss wreck]]''''' you.
15th Jun '17 1:02:19 PM babyhenchy1
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* In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'', the Boss, while not exactly a final exam boss, does test almost all your skills learned in the game. You have to remain hidden, use camouflage, there's still food to hunt, she hides, you have to use your gunplay, and most notably all your CQC skills. And [=MGS4=] takes it to the extreme. The last fight with [[spoiler:Revolver Ocelot]] incorporates strategies from the three previous games, even going so far as to change the health bar to match.

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* ''VideoGame/MetalGear'':
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In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'', the Boss, while not exactly a final exam boss, does test almost all your skills learned in the game. You have to remain hidden, use camouflage, there's still food to hunt, she hides, you have to use your gunplay, and most notably all your CQC skills. And [=MGS4=] takes it to the extreme. The last fight with [[spoiler:Revolver Ocelot]] incorporates strategies from the three previous games, even going so far as to change the health bar to match.match.
** Senator Steven Armstrong from ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'' uses tactics that echo all of the previous [[QuirkyMiniBossSquad Winds of Destruction]], making those four bosses lead-ups to him. If you haven't mastered parrying, countering, dodging, blade mode and virtually every gameplay mechanic that the game has to offer, he will '''[[ThatOneBoss wreck]]''' you.
5th Jun '17 12:14:04 AM portaljumper339
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* The final boss of ''VideoGame/DarkSouls3'' utilizes a number of moves available to ''players'' during a portion of the fight. [[spoiler: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], given that the Soul of Cinder is the deification incarnation of the First Flame's might channeling every Lord of Cinder who ever linked the Fire, possibly including the [[VideoGame/DarkSoulsI Chosen Undead]] and the [[VideoGame/DarkSoulsII Bearer of the Curse]].]]

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* The final boss of ''VideoGame/DarkSouls3'' utilizes a number of moves available to ''players'' during a portion of the fight. [[spoiler: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], given that the Soul of Cinder is the deification deific incarnation of the First Flame's might channeling every Lord of Cinder who ever linked the Fire, possibly including the [[VideoGame/DarkSoulsI Chosen Undead]] and the [[VideoGame/DarkSoulsII Bearer of the Curse]].]]
5th Jun '17 12:11:09 AM portaljumper339
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* The final boss of ''VideoGame/DarkSouls3'' utilizes a number of moves available to ''players'' during a portion of the fight.
* ''VideoGame/BloodBorne'' being a From Software game the final exam boss is literally the first boss in the first area. (Cleric Beast is optional) Father Gascoigne is a hunter mirror and beating him without overlevelling requires knowledge of Bloodborne's Rally and Parry systems; which are essential for beating the latter parts of the game. Likewise his second form is fast and brutal but weak to fire damage; meaning that players need to find and exploit elemental weaknesses to make hard fights manageable.

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* The final boss of ''VideoGame/DarkSouls3'' utilizes a number of moves available to ''players'' during a portion of the fight.
fight. [[spoiler: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], given that the Soul of Cinder is the deification incarnation of the First Flame's might channeling every Lord of Cinder who ever linked the Fire, possibly including the [[VideoGame/DarkSoulsI Chosen Undead]] and the [[VideoGame/DarkSoulsII Bearer of the Curse]].]]
* ''VideoGame/BloodBorne'' being a From Software game the final exam boss is literally the first boss in the first area. (Cleric Beast is optional) Father Gascoigne is a hunter mirror and beating him without overlevelling requires knowledge of Bloodborne's Rally and Parry systems; which are essential for beating the latter parts of the game. Likewise his second form is fast and brutal but weak to fire damage; meaning that players need to find and exploit elemental weaknesses to make hard fights manageable. manageable.
* [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]] in ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsI''; [[spoiler: while Gwyn, Lord of Cinder can be defeated in any play style the player has, the easiest way to defeat him involves exploiting the game's parry system for easy and reliable hits that do massive damage. If you haven't gotten used to it, you're going to have a much rougher time of it. This was also [[{{Nerf}} nerfed]] in ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsIII'' when the Soul of Cinder assumes Gwyn's old moveset.]]
16th Mar '17 2:03:50 PM MisterVercetti
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* The final boss of ''Overcooked'' has you making four of the five types of dishes introduced throughout the game, first in stages, and then all at once. It also utilizes several other stage gimmicks, like conveyor belts and putting out fires.
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